Monthly Archives: August, 2007

NZVCA Annual Conference

(Registrations now open!) and other events coming up

Registrations are now open for the NZVCA’s 6th Annual Conference!You are invited to join us at the 6th Annual New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Conference at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland, on Thursday 1 November.

Last year, this event was attended by 280 delegates – a fantastic mix of people who are active in the angel investment, venture capital and private equity industry. Book before 21 September to guarantee your registration and to take advantage of the early-bird specials. All registrations must be done through the online Registration Form available in the News and Events section of the NZVCA website (see link below).

Conference Registration Terms and Conditions and the Conference Program are also attached below.

The NZVCA conference is once again being held in conjunction with a Connect New Zealand “Springboard” event that will take place at the same venue on Wednesday 31 October. This “Private Company Investment” day will also include NZVCA sessions for entrepreneurs explaining the current state of play of venture capital and private equity in NZ. Further details regarding this day are available at the events section of the NZVCA website, in the Conference Registration Form attached below and at

On Friday 2 November we are also holding the inaugural NZVCA Golf Tournament at Formosa. Again, for further details on this, and to register, please visit the Events section of the NZVCA website.

Join us at NZVCA 2007 – share in the learning, immerse yourself in the enthusiasm of the event, renew acquaintances, make new ones, and come away refreshed and inspired. The New Zealand private capital market is dynamic and growing and this is the best day of the year to see it all in action!

NZVCA 6th Annual Conference – November 1 2007, SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland
Full details on the “Private Company Investment” day on 31 October 2007 and the 6th Annual NZVCA conference on 1 November 2007 are set out in the attached document.

Take me to the NZVCA conference online registration form


ASB Corporate Banking/NZVCA Auckland Networking evening – 22 August 2007
A final reminder that our next Auckland networking event is on 22 August and will be hosted by ASB Corporate Banking. Please note that registrations for this event will close on Tuesday morning. The event starts at 5.30pm. Our guest speaker, at approximately 6.00pm, is Dallas Fisher, Director and shareholder in Hamilton based NDA Engineering (a RMB Capital Partners investee company).

Place: ASB Corporate Banking, ASB Centre, Albert Street

For further details and to register for this event please visit the “Events” section of the NZVCA website

Take me to the online registration form for this event

Business Intelligence series – Workshop Two – 22 August 2007
A reminder as well that the second workshop in this series takes place from 7.30am – 9.30am on Wednesday morning this week at the Stamford Plaza, Auckland. The workshop includes a light breakfast.

This session will look at Private Equity in NZ – including “what does the future hold?” The speakers are Geoff Brown, Head of Market Products, NZX, Kerry McIntosh, Director, Ironbridge Capital and Mark Averill, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

For more information on this workshop, and others in the series, and to register for the 22 August event please click through the link below.

Take me to the online registration for this event


Internet Cafe meets Koru Club – Singapore

Interesting mash up here –

Geek Terminal made its debut on 30th May 2007 in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District at 55 Market Street.

What a name! It is the world’s first technology lifestyle F&B establishment that not only provides high speed in-house wireless internet access, but also provides power on demand for every patron on laptop! Its aim is to cater and appeal to business travelers and mobile executives who spend most of their time out of office looking for a place to conduct meetings and work on their laptops while sipping a cup of aromatic ILLY cappuccino or latte. What’s more, its patrons can also access business centre services such as print, fax, scan, copy or call overseas at very low cost if not free. Incredibly, this is also the first F&B outlet to offer its patrons ability to charge their handphones or PDAs when their batteries are running low! One less excuse for not able to be reached when in town!

Not just for geeks: An entrepreneur hopes to make Web browsing an enjoyable experience in Singapore.

That’s what a Singapore entrepreneur hopes you’ll be asking on your business travels in a few years. Christopher Lee and his partners got fed up with the difficulty they faced trying to get connected to the Internet — and to electrical outlets — while on business trips.

The frustrations are familiar to many. A cafe or restaurant might offer free Wi-Fi, but then no electrical outlet, or vice versa — and the waitress gives you dirty looks for lingering. Or your hotel charges high connection fees. Or an Internet cafe is essentially an arcade, with loudspeakers blaring screams and explosions from violent online games — and every other customer is a teenage boy.

The list goes on.

Lee decided there was demand for a convenient, professional place where customers could feel welcome to do business for as long as they pleased, alone or in a group, without pressure to buy anything. The first Geek Terminal, in Singapore, is the result (

Full story

Digital Future Summit in November ’07

The Digital Future Summit 2.0 will be held in Auckland on 28-29 November, David Cunliffe, minister of communications and IT, announced on 26th of July. The event will address the challenges of becoming a high-tech, high-value, creative economy and how New Zealand can benefit from utilising new technology, says Cunliffe.

Chief executives and senior business and community leaders are urged to engage with this “call to action” which aims to result in a refreshed Digital Strategy for the future, he says.

The Digital Future Summit 2.0 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland.

Source: Computerworld

David Sheppard

An announcement regarding David Sheppard 

The Industry Capability Network has appointed industry veteran David Sheppard its first full-time ICT advisor. ICN, a business unit of Trade and Enterprise, was established to help companies realise their potential through access to local opportunities that grow their scale and capability, providing a foundation to move into global markets.

Thanks Andrew for the link and see here for some notes.